Warn­ing against dan­gers of skinny jeans: Don’t squat

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST - BY MARIA CHENG

At­ten­tion wear­ers of skinny jeans: don’t squat — at least not for long.

Doc­tors in Aus­tralia re­port that a 35-year-old woman was hos­pi­tal­ized for four days af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing mus­cle dam­age, swelling, and nerve block­ages in her legs af­ter squat­ting for sev­eral hours while wear­ing tight-fit­ting denims.

“We were sur­prised that this pa­tient had such se­vere dam­age to her nerves and mus­cles,” said Dr. Thomas Kim­ber of the Royal Ade­laide Hos­pi­tal in Aus­tralia, in an email.

The pa­tient, who was not iden­ti­fied, spent most of the pre­vi­ous day help­ing some­one move, squat­ting for long pe­ri­ods while emp­ty­ing cup­boards. Clad in skinny jeans, the woman said they felt in­creas­ingly tight and her feet were numb as she walked home, mak­ing her trip and fall. Un­able to get up, she spent sev­eral hours stranded out­side be­fore get­ting to the hos­pi­tal. Kim­ber and col­leagues pub­lished a re­port about the case online Mon­day in the Jour- nal of Neu­rol­ogy, Neu­ro­surgery and Psy­chi­a­try.

Kim­ber said tight jeans have pre­vi­ously been re­ported to cause nerve le­sions in the groin but not the kind of nerve prob­lems in the lower leg and se­vere mus­cle dam- age they saw. He said squat­ting com­pressed the nerves in the lower leg, re­duc­ing the blood sup­ply to the calf mus­cles and that the skinny jeans wors­ened the prob­lem.

Af­ter be­ing treated for four days — and hav­ing her jeans cut off — the woman still had some weak­ness in her legs but walked out of the hos­pi­tal and later re­cov­ered fully. Kim­ber doesn’t know if the woman still wears skinny jeans but warned her against the dan­gers of squat­ting in them.

“I think it’s the non-stretchy na­ture of jeans that might be the prob­lem,” Kim­ber said, not­ing that tight pants with more elas­tic­ity wouldn’t be as dan­ger­ous since they wouldn’t squeeze nerves and mus­cles. He doesn’t wear skinny jeans him­self, but not be­cause of the med­i­cal risks: “I’m too old to get away with them!”

AP

In this Sept. 16, 2012 file photo, a model walks past a win­dow with a view of St. Paul’s Cathe­dral dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Matthew Wil­liamson Spring/ Sum­mer 2013 col­lec­tion at Lon­don Fash­ion Week.

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